Latin America’s Business Climate Improves
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7th January 2015

The ability to establish and operate a business in Latin America has improved in the past year, according to our Latin Entrepreneur Index. Argentina is the region’s easiest place to access credit.
By Mark Keller
While lower commodity prices and slower economic growth may be the “new normal” for Latin America, the region’s business environment from a legal perspective continues to show improvements according to the latest data from our Latin Entrepreneur Index. The region’s average score improved to 74.90 – an improvement of 4.74 points from last year’s score of 79.64. Similarly, last year saw an improvement of 6.34 points. This points to a significant improvement in the region’s ease of opening and conducting a business in the last two years.
The annual Latin Entrepreneur Index calculates the ease of doing business in 18 Latin American economies based on five factors. Three of these relate to the ease of starting a business including the number of procedures required, the time in days for approval, and the cost of starting a business as a percent of income per capita. A further two assess access to capital, including access to loans (for investors with a good plan, but no collateral), and access to venture capital (for entrepreneurs with innovative but risky projects). Data comes from the World Bank’s Doing Business and the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report.
Of course, as any seasoned Latin America watcher knows, conditions vary greatly from country to …

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